Trans women should be allowed to enter all public places, says Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey, as he accused Boris Johnson of inciting “a culture war” over the issue.
In a pre-conference interview, Sir Ed also said that locals should be allowed to block housing developments – but denied that this meant no hope for people desperate for a home.
“I am a YIMBY,” declared the Lib Dem leader – which means Yes in My Back Yard – urging communities are ready to allow the house to be built, as long as it has a say in it.
On trans rights, she was asked if “there is a place in our society that biological men can’t go to”, but told bbc radio 4: “No”.
Sir Ed accused the prime minister of “making it a culture war”, instead appealing for a “mature, open, tolerant debate”.
He attacked No. 10 for “attempting to incite division in our country, division on the issue, division on issues around race”, saying: “I don’t think that’s acceptable.”
“If you’re a real politician, if you want to bring people together, you don’t incite division the way Johnson is doing,” Sir Ed said.
Party leaders will use the convention – which is being held online – to keep Lib Dems with an anti-Tory stance, to help bring Mr Johnson back to Downing Street.
Sir Ed was a cabinet minister in the Cameron-Clegg coalition after the 2010 election, but – when asked whether the Lib Dems would facilitate a Tory government at the next election – he answered “no” in an interview. financial Times.
He has also ruled out a formal alliance with Labor or the Green Party, but the traditional policy of equality between the big two parties has effectively ended.
“We can take a lot of seats from the Tories in the next election and we are a big threat to the Tories,” Sir Ed told the FT.
On the shock of Chesham and Amersham by-election victories, the leader said: “I was really stung at the door by how many people said they would not vote for the Conservatives until Johnson is gone.”
On housebuilding – a major issue at the by-election after the government’s opposition to the easing of planning laws – Sir Ed agreed that the locals should have “the ability to stop”.
But he denied that there would be less needy homes, telling the BBC: “If you work with the community, you will build those houses.”
Sir Ed denounced the new planning laws, now expected to be stalled by new housing secretary Michael Gove, as Tory backlash “develops the charter”.
“Conservatives want to hand over power to developers so that they can build houses wherever they want, wherever they want,” he said.
“Liberal Democrats want to empower communities, so we get the homes that local communities need.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /